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SM (6) volume 75/1


Design for the Accountants Drawing Office


6 Plan with laid out wall elevations; rough (pencil) elevation of wall and (pencil) detail of moulding


(6) bar scale


6 39'6", 22'2" and other dimensions given


Soane office


Drawing 6 shows one of the offices built behind the Princes Street screen wall (labelled as the Accountants Drawing Office on a plan in 1803), according to the design approved in April 1793. The drawing has pencil details for the mouldings, suggesting that it is a working drawing for finishing the interior.

The room has a central circular lantern on pendentives, between coffered segmental barrel vaults at both ends. Apsidal niches ornament the walls beneath the barrel vaults. A large segmental lunette is on the west wall, over a door that leads to a courtyard with privys. The north end of the office, to the left-hand side of the drawing, has a semicircular arched recess in the built design (SM 9/2/16, see drawing 103 in scheme 2:7).



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